You never know what will occur in the blogosphere. It is definitely encouraging when someone reads the blog and takes the time to offer some comments. Author George Bryosn responded to Matt’s blog, “4 Reasons Why I Dislike Hyper-Calvinism More than Arminianism“. Mr. Bryson has authored a couple books, that he mentions in his comments, on Calvinism from an Arminian perspective. I personally recall reading his “5 Points of Calvinism” booklet in my Calvary Chapel days and soon realized that Calvary Chapel wasn’t as neutral as they claimed to be when my Calvinism would not suit my desires to pursue ministry in Calvary Chapel while I was attending Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa School of Ministry and interned at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I still wonder why they had us read Spurgeon, Bunyan, Lloyd-Jones, MacArthur, brought in Allistair Begg for a conference, if we students weren’t allowed to have any of their “Calvinistic” doctrine . Enough autobiography, here are Mr. Bryson’s kind feedback:
I appreciate the respectful tone in which you point out the differences between hyper-Calvinism and what some have referred to as hypo-Calvinism. This approach has shown to be more effective in generating light and less likely to produce heat. If you read either one of my books-The Five Points of Calvinism-Weighed and Found Wanting and The Dark Side of Calvinism you should have noticed that I do not confuse the two but clearly differentiate between them. Some mainstream Calvinists have chosen to use the views of the more extreme Calvinists to duck questions about what Calvin taught and historic and mainstream Calvinism teaches explicitly or implicitly. There is a reason Doug Wilson says that my representation of Calvinism is both fair and accurate. It is fair and accurate. The main reason that so many Calvinists take offense at my books (once they have read them) is that I have this nasty habit of quoting mainstream Calvinists and Calvin himself at length-to insure context. When I ask a Calvinist to point what it is I say that Sproul, Piper, MacArthur, White, Packer, Boice (etc) say that they do not agree with or that they do not agree that they said it, I am usually met with a blank stare. If you do not agree with what I say Calvinism teaches you do not agree with Calvinism. Both books are on line and free. Have a great day. In Christ, George
I’m sure Matt will have some sort of response. Stay tuned.
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